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Old 04-23-2018, 11:21 AM   #1
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Carpinteria campground length question

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Has anyone recently camped at Carpinteria in CA? We have a spot reserved in San Miguel where the pad length is 21ft. We have a 27ft travel trailer and will fit but ONLY if we are able to back all the way up. Basically we need about 8ft of overhang room. We called yesterday and they said they think we will fit but just trying to figure out anyone else's experiences here.
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How much room from your rear tire to back of trailer. That will give you the answer.
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If they said it will fit then go for it. Iíve put a 36í MH in what the CG ( a different one ) listed as a 15í site. Iíd been there before and I knew Iíd fit.
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We camped there in a small 26’ class A and just fit. Also we didn’t have a neighbor on one side. Don’t think I could have got in there if both neighbors were there.

They do have large spots for big rigs but are dry camping only, no hookups. We got booted there for the weekend as we didn’t have reservations.
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How much room from your rear tire to back of trailer. That will give you the answer.
It's 8ft from back tire to back of trailer. I guess I am more so trying to determine if anyone knows if there is actually 8ft of room behind us to back in ALL the way
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Old 04-23-2018, 01:03 PM   #6
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We camped there in a small 26í class A and just fit. Also we didnít have a neighbor on one side. Donít think I could have got in there if both neighbors were there.

They do have large spots for big rigs but are dry camping only, no hookups. We got booted there for the weekend as we didnít have reservations.
It's for Memorial weekend so everything else is booked up unfortunately. Do you happen to know the distance of your back tire to the back of the trailer by chance? Ours is 8ft and if we are able to back up ALL the way, we should just fit.
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you can use google maps satellite view over the campground to get a better idea, but most campgrounds give you plenty of room, even though they may 'state' that it is a 21' site... more than likely that is just the pure length of the 'concrete' parking pad, not the total usable room of the site.
If your length between your hitch leg and your rear tires is less than 21', you'll be plenty fine... I'll bet you'll also have room to park your tow vehicle, as well.

Most rv parks and campgrounds way 'underestimate' the actual usable lengths of their sites. Who 'measures' these things is unknown, but apparently they also consider tow vehicle parking, as well.
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you can use google maps satellite view over the campground to get a better idea, but most campgrounds give you plenty of room, even though they may 'state' that it is a 21' site... more than likely that is just the pure length of the 'concrete' parking pad, not the total usable room of the site.
If your length between your hitch leg and your rear tires is less than 21', you'll be plenty fine... I'll bet you'll also have room to park your tow vehicle, as well.

Most rv parks and campgrounds way 'underestimate' the actual usable lengths of their sites. Who 'measures' these things is unknown, but apparently they also consider tow vehicle parking, as well.

Our spot is 425 on this link below. You can look at the spot from 424 as well to get a better view. It's just hard to tell if it will be at least 8ft. I wasn't too worried until a few people told me how strict they are being.

From our rear tires to the end of the tongue, it is 21ft. So we just need the entire 8ft behind us.

https://www.campsitephotos.com/campg...tate-beach-425
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Can't answer your question. But saying hi from a graduate of Carpinteria HS. Long long ago. What a beautiful beach. I used to surf there often.
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I say YES, here's why:

when you look at the photo of 425, you'll notice that while you back up into a shaded/curbed area, the fence is actually on the other side of the grassy area...giving you the option to 'overhang' the curb, if you need to...though I suspect you won't have to, but the option will be there...and, it looks like you'll also have a little shade - NICE!
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Have camped in this park, though in the Santa Rosa section. If you get within a few inches of being *behind* the white line (ill get to this in a moment), they will allow you to use cribbing to lift the trailer tires to the height of the curb. You can then back up to JUST before the tire touches the curb and gain a few inches if necessary.


The *helpful* workcampers that are in the Carpinteria SB-Santa Rosa campground will absolutely kick you out of your campsite if the tongue of your trailer or bumper breaches the inside section of the white line (the line that indicates the front of your campsite). That white line is like 4 inches wide, but you are not allowed to have the tongue or bumper of your RV over it, must be behind. I had to crib the tires of my trailer to gain a few inches AND angle the trailer in the space to get the tongue behind the line.


How did the new reservation system work for you?
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Have camped in this park, though in the Santa Rosa section. If you get within a few inches of being *behind* the white line (ill get to this in a moment), they will allow you to use cribbing to lift the trailer tires to the height of the curb. You can then back up to JUST before the tire touches the curb and gain a few inches if necessary.


The *helpful* workcampers that are in the Carpinteria SB-Santa Rosa campground will absolutely kick you out of your campsite if the tongue of your trailer or bumper breaches the inside section of the white line (the line that indicates the front of your campsite). That white line is like 4 inches wide, but you are not allowed to have the tongue or bumper of your RV over it, must be behind. I had to crib the tires of my trailer to gain a few inches AND angle the trailer in the space to get the tongue behind the line.


How did the new reservation system work for you?
Oh that is good to know!! I think it will definitely be depending on if we will have a full 8ft behind us though! As long as we can back all the way up without hitting the fence, we should fit just behind the white line.

And I have been hearing they are super strict is what has me a bit nervous!

The reservation system has been working fine for me - I have a few spots reserved and have had no issues so far!
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